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A collection of small abandoned-house treasures

If you’re new: here are all the details about this abandoned house!

You guys know about some of the bigger things I’ve rescued from the abandoned house (like…furniture!).

But there are a lot of smaller things I’ve put to use too. So…I thought it’d be fun to do a round-up of those.

little glass bluebirds

I found these because I was trying to open a window at the abandoned house (for some fresh air!) and in the process, I knocked down a curtain.

This was a good thing because hiding behind the curtain were these two little round bluebirds.

dirty glass bluebirds.

I took them back to my house and washed them off:

clean pair of glass bluebirds.

And then I put these guys in my front window. They look so cute there, and I love how the light shines through the blue glass.

glass bluebirds in a window.

two glass paperweights

In that same window, I found these little glass paperweights.

Two dirty paperweights.

They were dirty (of course), so I gave them a good cleaning.

two clean glass paperweights.

 And I put them in my front window, next to the bluebirds.

glass paperweights in a window.

I particularly like the purple one!

a glass paperweight.

purple glass paperweight viewed from above.

a penguin salt shaker

I spied a little penguin figurine at the house, and I knew that Lisey would love him.

In the process of washing him up, I realized: he’s actually a salt shaker! He was so dirty, though, I could not even see the holes in his head until I scrubbed him down.

A small penguin salt shaker.

I got him all clean, filled him with salt, and Lisey named him Gepetto.

It’s so perfect that I found him because previously, I was salt-shaker-less.

And it’s no problem that he doesn’t have his mate (these originally came in a pair) because I use a pepper grinder in place of a pepper shaker.

a small plant table

When I saw this at the house, I immediately thought of Sonia and I texted her, “Do you want it?”

A dirty small plant table.

After receiving an enthusiastic yes, I put it in my van.

It was super wobbly, and after some tinkering, I figured out that two of the legs needed to be swapped. I unscrewed and exchanged them, and then the table was much more stable.

plant table, mid-cleaning.

I gave it a cleaning and now it’s plant-ready.

clean plant table.


clean plant table.

small plates = plant water-catchers

These four little flowered plates are probably way too old to be safe for eating off of (who knows what’s in the paint and glaze??), so when I realized this little pot needed a base, I grabbed one of them.

small china plates.

And I’m giving the rest to Sonia, because she is much more of a plant mom than I am. 😉

Trifari bangle bracelet

I spied this little snap bracelet and picked it up because it seemed heavy and well-made.

trifari bangle bracelet.

The coating was peeling:

bracelet with peeling coating.

There was no fixing the coating, so I scrubbed it off, and now it’s just a gold bracelet.

Trifari gold bangle.


It looks like it’s this 1960s Trifari bracelet.

But now that the white enamel part is gone, it looks like this one, also a Trifari piece.

It’s a tiny bracelet, so it’s too snug on me. But it fits Zoe perfectly, and she was delighted to have it.

I like to imagine that the lady who owned this house would be so happy to see her treasures at my house, all cleaned up and appreciated. 🙂


On another note, you know what’s wild? We have taken so, so much stuff out of this little house already…a lot of it is at my house. But there is so much more outside the treasure house.

piles of junk outside a house.

And the inside of the house still looks like we barely made a dent!

A cluttery house.

This house truly held an impressive amount of stuff!

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Friday 3rd of June 2022

Love to see you rescuing even the sweet little things. How often that just doesn't happen. It's a lot of work and so often we don't look past the dirt and grime. Made me think of how Jesus picks us up and cleans us off and cares for us.

Barbara Smith

Thursday 2nd of June 2022

Oh the things we abandon -- often insensible of the value -- until another rescues and restores what we think is trash

Reba Patches

Thursday 2nd of June 2022

I love that God made the contents of this house available to you at this precise season of your life! He is amazing at taking care of us in creative ways. And I love how you are enjoying the treasures you're finding, even though it's tons of work!


Wednesday 1st of June 2022

I cannot tell you why for certain... but it is an extra pleasure to see you rescuing beautiful things that otherwise would just have been bulldozed out of existence.

Keep up the good work. (And I love those bluebirds.)


Wednesday 1st of June 2022

It makes me so happy to watch you creating a home with items that needed a new family :)

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